key chain




key chain name-of-chain
no key chain name-of-chain


Syntax Description:

name-of-chain Name of a key chain. A key chain must have at least one key and can have up to 2,147,483,647 keys.


Command Description:

To enable authentication for routing protocols, identify a group of authentication keys by using the key chain command in global configuration mode. To remove the key chain, use the no form of this command.

No key chain exists.

Only DRP Agent, Enhanced IGRP (EIGRP), and Routing Information Protocol (RIP) Version 2 use key chains.

You must configure a key chain with keys to enable authentication.

Although you can identify multiple key chains, we recommend using one key chain per interface per routing protocol. Upon specifying the key chain command, you enter key-chain configuration mode.


The following example configures a key chain named trees. The key named chestnut will be accepted from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and be sent from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The key named birch will be accepted from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and be sent from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The overlap allows for migration of keys or a discrepancy in the set time of the router. There is a 30-minute leeway on each side to handle time differences.

Router(config)# interface ethernet 0
Router(config-if)# ip rip authentication key-chain trees
Router(config-if)# ip rip authentication mode md5

Router(config)# router rip
Router(config-router)# network
Router(config-router)# version 2

Router(config)# key chain trees
Router(config-keychain)# key 1
Router(config-keychain-key)# key-string chestnut
Router(config-keychain-key)# accept-lifetime 13:30:00 Jan 25 1996 duration 7200
Router(config-keychain-key)# send-lifetime 14:00:00 Jan 25 1996 duration 3600
Router(config-keychain)# key 2
Router(config-keychain-key)# key-string birch
Router(config-keychain-key)# accept-lifetime 14:30:00 Jan 25 1996 duration 7200
Router(config-keychain-key)# send-lifetime 15:00:00 Jan 25 1996 duration 3600



Related Commands:

ip rip authentication key-chain
show key chain

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